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Batavia won't open

May 27, 2004

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Western Regional Off-Track Betting announced Thursday that the 2004 harness race meet at Batavia Downs, which it owns, has been canceled. The meet had been scheduled to open Aug. 4.

Western Regional Off-Track Betting purchased Batavia Downs after it had been operated for years by the family of the late Pat Provenzano. Western Regional reopened the track in 2002 and was expected to open a video lottery terminal area for 750 machines at the track this year, but it has not been able to obtain financing.

Western Regional is carrying millions of dollars of debt due to the purchase and renovation of Batavia. That fact, coupled with revenues below expectations for Buffalo Raceway's VLT operation, have stymied the organization's attempts to gain additional financing.
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